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A Night to Remember
Melinda listens to the radio in her room after the basketball game, but sleep does not come.
She goes up to the porch on her roof and watches the moon and sky.
Last summer, Rachel arranged for them to go to the end-of-summer party held by some cheerleaders.
Rachel's brother Jimmy drives them to the party; Rachel's mom thinks they are going to the skating rink.
The party is at a farm a few miles from where Melinda lives.
Melinda starts drinking beer, which tastes gross. After about three beers, she feels the urge to vomit, so she walks out toward the woods.
This really cute senior starts flirting with her. The senior asks her to dance, and she accepts. It feels so good.
She wonders where Rachel is and wants to see her.
Soon, the senior kisses Melinda.
It feels good.
She's happy because she'll already have a boyfriend when she begins high school.
Somehow, Melinda and the senior are on the ground now.
He asks her if she wants to have sex.
It's not quite clear whether Melinda says "no," or not. She doesn't want to, but she's having trouble getting the words out.
The senior is pressing his heavy body on her; she feels like she's suffocating.
He has his lips on hers very hard. She can't believe what's happening. She wants to scream for him to stop.
He reeks of beer.
The senior hurts her very badly and then leaves her, smiling.
Melinda isn't sure how she got from there to the phone, but next thing you know, she is calling 911.
Somebody takes the phone from Melinda and listens to see who she's talking to. This person realizes she's called the police and alerts the other partiers.
Rachel looks really mad at Melinda. Somebody smacks Melinda in the face.
Melinda leaves the party and walks home, before the cops come.
Melinda bites through her lip as she remembers that night, and she sees her blood dripping on the snow. She needs stitches in her lip.
She doesn't like winter. There's too much winter in Syracuse.
This chapter ends with Melinda's report card.
She has Fs in Social Life, Cloths, Social Studies, and Algebra. She has Ds in Lunch, Biology, English, Spanish, and Gym. She has an A in Art.
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